In this edition of The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and Brendan Mathews take a question from a reader who asks: "January sets the tone for the year, and bad earnings indicate stocks are overvalued. Will we be in a bear market for the rest of the year?"

The beginning of 2014 was off to a bit of a slow start, but it's worth remembering that 2013 was a phenomenal year for the stock market. Investors should always remember to keep their expectations somewhat grounded. By the same token, it's still very early in 2014, and a lot can happen in a short amount of time. Brendan and Jason don't pay too much attention to the overall "bearish" or "bullish" sentiment in the market. Rather, they focus on one of the fundamental tenets of Foolish investing, which is investing in the good times and the bad. Investors who continue to do this over long periods of time are almost certain to see excellent results.

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